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Baker College of Cadillac to Launch Water Quality Program Fall 2014

June 19, 2014

Associate program includes area internships

CADILLAC, Mich. – Baker College of Cadillac will launch a new program in 2014 fall quarter that will prepare graduates for careers managing one of the world’s most precious resources: water. Classes for the water quality management associate degree begin Sept. 29.

“This water quality management program is the first of its kind in northwest Michigan where natural resource management fits the mindset of residents and visitors,” said Kelly Smith, Baker College of Cadillac president.

Graduates of this two-year program will be prepared to successfully take entry-level, state-certification exams for careers in the areas of clean water distribution and wastewater sanitation. The program includes two 160-hour internships and is endorsed by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

“We have worked for two years gathering input from an advisory board of professionals in this field,” said Mark Lagerwey, dean of business and technology. “This program will work well for a person who cares about the environment and has good science aptitude. Our needs analysis shows that there is a substantial number of jobs in this field, particularly in communities with drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities."

The majority of these jobs will be in the public sector, working for municipalities, although employment opportunities also exist in private-sector agricultural, residential and commercial developments.

The advisory committee includes representatives from the municipalities of the cities of Petoskey, Reed Center and Cadillac, the water/wastewater consulting firm of H2O in Motion, private companies such as Wade Trim, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Many have committed to provide internships and to teach classes.

Water quality courses will be held in a specially equipped laboratory at Baker’s Center for Transportation Technology (CTT) near Lake City in Missaukee County. The lab is also used for agricultural program classes.

‘One Baker’ program

This new associate degree is the first One Baker program that allows students to complete the first year at any of Michigan’s nine Baker College campuses and then take the remaining program-specific classes at the campus that offers the program. 

“Students pursuing this program will be able to complete general education and science classes at any Baker College campus in the state,” Smith said. “For the second year, they will take the program-specific courses and internships here. This fall, we’ll have new student housing in downtown Cadillac, which will be convenient housing for these students.”

For more information about the new water quality program, contact Cheri Sprik in Baker College admissions at 231.876.3119 or cheri.sprik@baker.edu.

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    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

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    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Baker College of Cadillac to Launch Water Quality Program Fall 2014

June 19, 2014

Associate program includes area internships

CADILLAC, Mich. – Baker College of Cadillac will launch a new program in 2014 fall quarter that will prepare graduates for careers managing one of the world’s most precious resources: water. Classes for the water quality management associate degree begin Sept. 29.

“This water quality management program is the first of its kind in northwest Michigan where natural resource management fits the mindset of residents and visitors,” said Kelly Smith, Baker College of Cadillac president.

Graduates of this two-year program will be prepared to successfully take entry-level, state-certification exams for careers in the areas of clean water distribution and wastewater sanitation. The program includes two 160-hour internships and is endorsed by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

“We have worked for two years gathering input from an advisory board of professionals in this field,” said Mark Lagerwey, dean of business and technology. “This program will work well for a person who cares about the environment and has good science aptitude. Our needs analysis shows that there is a substantial number of jobs in this field, particularly in communities with drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities."

The majority of these jobs will be in the public sector, working for municipalities, although employment opportunities also exist in private-sector agricultural, residential and commercial developments.

The advisory committee includes representatives from the municipalities of the cities of Petoskey, Reed Center and Cadillac, the water/wastewater consulting firm of H2O in Motion, private companies such as Wade Trim, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Many have committed to provide internships and to teach classes.

Water quality courses will be held in a specially equipped laboratory at Baker’s Center for Transportation Technology (CTT) near Lake City in Missaukee County. The lab is also used for agricultural program classes.

‘One Baker’ program

This new associate degree is the first One Baker program that allows students to complete the first year at any of Michigan’s nine Baker College campuses and then take the remaining program-specific classes at the campus that offers the program. 

“Students pursuing this program will be able to complete general education and science classes at any Baker College campus in the state,” Smith said. “For the second year, they will take the program-specific courses and internships here. This fall, we’ll have new student housing in downtown Cadillac, which will be convenient housing for these students.”

For more information about the new water quality program, contact Cheri Sprik in Baker College admissions at 231.876.3119 or cheri.sprik@baker.edu.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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